29 August 2014

ONE, TWO, THREE: A LOOK BACK AT THE WEEK

one. We made a quick visit to DC's Counter Culture training center for one of Mitchell's upcoming BYT beer columns - it was PRETTY COOL (and I am now coveting all things C H E M E X more than ever/real hard).

two. I'm Chevy Chase and You're Not – at Grantland, via Longform.

three. Wabi-sabi philosophy/visuals (plus some excellent wood + textile aspects), via Freunde von Freunden. And in other lifestyle-y sort of situations, Boots & Pine's feature on Kelly DeWitt is just gorge.

Enjoy the long weekend! See you guys on Tuuuuuesday.

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28 August 2014

OFF CAMERA: SAN FRANCISCO (FLORA GRUBB + GENERAL STORE)

I spent an afternoon venturing outside the Mission with my friend Megan, visiting a few G O R G E O U S (and totally plant-filled) San Francisco spots that I wouldn't have seen otherwise (and have been dreaming about since). Megan - thank you so much for sharing your Saturday!

^^^ Flora Grubb Gardens was a visual W O N D E R L A N D
^^^ a few moments from inside General Store (PS - their instagram is way beautiful)
^^^ and a peek at the W O W Z A backyard + greenhouse

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27 August 2014

OFF CAMERA: SAN FRANCISCO (THE MISSION)

The love I have for Washington, DC is technically obsesh – but oh, man, I did NOT want to come home from San Francisco. The weather was B R E E Z Y, the city was gorgeous (I didn't even know I LIKED Victorian architecture; OMG ^^^ THE SIGNAGE), and we (along with our buddies who'd also traveled from DC to SF for the wedding) had booked an AirBnB in the Mission, which meant – amongst other things – that our coffee and food choices bordered on outrageous.

^^^ El Farolito, post-Burrito
^^^ counter steez and THE REBEL WITHIN, at Craftsman & Wolves
 ^^^ Thistle Co.
Staying in a house meant we had the luxury of feeling at home (in a place that we were actually in for the first time); I'd get up and run every morning, come back and wake up Mitchell so we could walk to get coffee and pastry, and then just kinda let the the day fall into place. It had been a minute since we'd gone out of town and officially been on V A C A T I O N; since we both have the daily option of working from home, we're way guilty of scheduling "away" time without actually taking any off. EVERY DAY FELT LIKE SATURDAY, AND IT WAS A REVELATION.

 ^^^ airBnB scenes: a sconce, a snack, and a slice of the totally gorgeous backyard
We really could have stayed for two more weeks – besides the fact that it was leather-jacket-weather in August, and that the glee I felt every time I saw a palm tree hadn't yet quelled when it came time to board the plane home – I just dug the city, and am tremendously grateful we had an excuse to head W E S T. I've been making big plans since we got home regarding Big Sur and Highway 1 and Scribe Winery; am hoping to visualize C A L I F O R N I A into happening again, and sooner rather than later.

A few more images from our stay in the Mission are after the jump, with one more set from the trip – a day spent with my friend Megan! – tomorrow.

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26 August 2014

AT HOME: AT RAUL'S

My friend Raul Zahir De Leon's live/work space – the Wilderness Bureau – is pretty amazing. With a production studio just off the living room, the latter often doubles as a green room for bands + artists passing through to shoot for WAMU's bandwidth site (to which Raul + the Wilderness Bureau contribute dreamy + intimate performance videos). I'd been threatening for months to stop by with my camera, and between the tin ceilings, original wood floors, and THAT LIBRARY LOFT, it was hard to know where to start (and does it not look like an updated-for-2014 version of the Friends set? Could it BE any more photogenic?).

more with Raul, at MUTINY
the At Home series, here.

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25 August 2014

HOW DO YOU DO: GET YR DENIM ON

Yesterday's Topaz + Arrow workshop was D E N I M focused, and a total blast. We frayed and sanded and bleached and indigo-dyed; per usual our guests were amazing/amazingly creative, and I was way inspired to mess around with their leftovers when the class was done.

I'd cut the sleeves off of this jacket a few Summers ago in search of some biker-babe-denim-MAGIC, but the resulting visuals just felt a little B A S I C. It's one of those pieces I keep around because it could ostensibly be thrown on top of anything, but zzZZZZzzzZZZzzZZZzz, and it's this paragraph AND the vest that's putting me to sleep. You get it. Denim should look loved and worn and broken in – like it's seen a thing or two. It's supposed to TELL A STORY, and this guy wasn't saying all that much.

I used a few leftover denim + leather squares and started the PATCH PROCESS; my goal is to keep adding until it feels like it may have once toured the country in some falling apart, surfboard-filled, Tom-Petty-cassette-playing VW Vanagon. We've still got some work to do, but I'm way into where it's headed.

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